Artist of the Year

Saturday, September 7, 2013 to Sunday, November 3, 2013

Akiko Kotani

Akiko Kotani’s work belongs in many private, corporate, and museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. It has been exhibited there as well as in many international and national venues that include the Kyoto Museum of Art, Japan; the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; and the Contemporary Museum, Honolulu. She has shown her work in more than 230 exhibitions 30 of which are one-person exhibits. During her career, she has received many prizes and honors, including grants, awards in exhibitions, and commissions.

Her medium during the early years of her career was weaving. Gradually, she expanded her repertoire to include other soft materials. She has received acclaim for her drawings on silk. Her drawings with graphite on paper have also attracted much attention. (Please see her website

An enduring inspiration that has informed Kotani’s artistic practice throughout its many stages is trust in her intuitive imagination. It has enabled her to solve the many technical and aesthetic problems, and to arrive at her inner vision.

Akiko Kotani’s 2013 Artist of the Year exhibition will present a diverse range of her current work. On display will be 2 large-scale installations and numerous other 2D and 3D pieces made from plastic, silk, and glass. Navigating the entire 1st floor of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, this exhibition will open with an artist reception on September 7, 2013, 5:30 to 8:30 PM and close on November 3, 2013. This project is funded in part by The Pittsburgh Foundation, the Heinz Foundation, and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

Kotani is represented by Borelli-Edwards Galleries in Pittsburgh, PA.